The government rights the rules that the private sector and state-government must follow. In most cases, the fed sets minimum standards. It's up to the states to adhere to those "minimum" standards or raise the bar and develop programs whereby their residents can get off that merry-go-round of welfare-state dependency. People keep looking at the federal government the wrong way, IMO. It's not the feds fault that a state offers welfare to a young mom with 5 kids and doesn't provide a way for her to get off the cycle of state-sponsored dependency. Educate the young mother. Give her access to meaningful job/skills training that she can put to use. Place limits on what state services she can obtain. Until states start taking steps to manage their federally sponsored programs
better and enact rules that halt the "revolving door of welfare privilege", the cycle of dysfunctionality will never cease.
I don't blame the government for establishing meaningful social services programs. I blame the states for mismanaging them.